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The World Black Pudding Throwing Championship is returning to Greater Manchester this weekend

One of our region’s finest traditions is back!

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It’s that time of the year again: After a brief hiatus thanks to Covid, the World Black Pudding Throwing Championship is making its grand return to Ramsbottom this weekend. 

The premise of the event is simple – competitors hurl black puddings onto a 20ft-high plinth in a bid to dislodge a dozen Yorkshire puddings. Each participant is given three turns to try and knock down as many Yorkshire puds as they can, with the person knocking the most off being crowned the eventual winner. 

The competition, held annually on the second weekend of September, dates back to the 1980s but has origins in the historic Lancashire-Yorkshire rivalry from the 1400s; according to legend the act of lobbing black puddings is believed to derive from the War of the Roses, when the two sides allegedly resorted to throwing food at each other when their ammunition ran out.

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Apparently black puddings were thrown by the Lancashire troops, while Yorkshire puddings were hurled back by their Yorkshire counterparts. Obviously, this is a very important piece of history so, in 1984, a decision was made to bring back the tradition by Stubbins Community Trust, and it has been an overwhelmingly popular affair ever since.

Last year, the festivities were ground to a halt as a result of the Covid pandemic but, this weekend, it is coming back with a bang (and an abundance of flying black puddings, of course).

On Sunday, September 12th, the 2021 World Black Pudding Throwing Championship will be taking place at its usual location – outside the Royal Oak Pub on Bridge Street in Ramsbottom between 11am – 4pm. The event is completely free to attend, with black pudding throwers needing to pay just £1 to take part. 

Speaking to the Bury Times, organiser Jim Cunliffe said of the comeback: “It is the just the tonic Ramsbottom needs after the last eighteen months. We have started putting the flags up and bunting will go up. The East Lancashire Railway will be supporting us and we will be having stalls.”

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He added that measures will be put in place in the wake of Covid, with hand sanitisers placed around to limit the risk of the virus.

He said: “The event is all about bringing people to Ramsbottom, people do come from all over and supporting charities. They have really struggled during the pandemic.”

2019’s Black Pudding Throwing champion, Tom Lowden will be heading back this weekend to defend his title, so make sure you bring your A game if you’re planning on taking part. 

For more information, follow the events official Facebook page here. 

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An axe-throwing bottomless brunch is coming to Manchester this month

There’s 100 free tickets up for grabs, too…

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A new bottomless brunch deal with the enthralling combination of unlimited cocktails and axe-throwing is coming to Manchester this month.

While Manchester boasts an already impressive bottomless brunch scene, Whistle Punks is set to bring the ‘most visceral bottomless brunch in the UK’ to the city this August bank holiday weekend.

Whistle Punk’s Sunday Sessions will include an epic seventy-minute-long axe-throwing competition, followed by bottomless pizza and booze.

The drinks will be free-flowing for the full two-hour time slot, with guests being able to  choose from a selection of Whistle Punks Lager, Bloody Marys, Aperol Spritz, prosecco and a range of soft drinks.

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On the food menu will be a range of freshly prepared pizzas, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available.

And in their commitment to guest safety, Whistle Punks will ensure each axe throwing session is led by an instructor with a brief masterclass. Guests will also be limited to one drink at a time.

Whisle Punks’ co-founder Jools Whitehorn said ahead of the Sunday Sessions launch: “I think a large part of the appeal is that it feels like something you shouldn’t be allowed to do.

“It’s a visceral experience which is physical without being too demanding, and it all takes place under the close watch of our instructors who make sure everyone stays safe while having a truly unique night out.

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“So with our brand new axe brunch launching at Whistlepunks Manchester, we feel we’ve put together the most high-octane brunch experience in the city.”

Sunday Sessions will take place at 11:20am, 12:40pm, 2pm, and 3:20pm every week from Sunday August 28th onwards. Each party can enjoy seventy minutes of axe throwing followed by fifty minutes of bottomless pizza. Drinks will be bottomless throughout the whole booking, which will cost just £30 per person.

And to celebrate the launch of Sunday Sessions, Whistle Punks will be giving away 100 FREE tickets on a first come first served basis.

To be in with a chance of winning one, head on over to the venue’s website using the discount code ‘SUNDAYSESSION’ here.

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Huge Spanish festival with tapas and a giant paella is coming to Manchester

There will be dancing, live music and authentic tapas across the event

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Manchester is set to welcome a taste of Español with the arrival of a huge festival with dancing, live music and the very best food the country has to offer.

Flamenco Fever will be taking over Kampus for one day only this weekend, where it will pay homage to the Spanish culture and cuisine. 

The event will adopt an open-mic format, inviting guests to take to the stage and show off their best flamenco dance moves to music by guest flamenco musicians and singers, Carlos Van Tongeren, Jose Manuel Benzepon, Jack McCarthy, and Tom Metcalfe.

Dance teachers will be on hand throughout the event to show guests a thing or two and, of course, to get the full audience involved.

And it wouldn’t be a Spanish festival without good food, would it? 

Ramsbottom’s very own Levanter Fine Foods, which currently resides in The Bungalow at Kampus, will be serving up its menu of authentic Spanish cuisine, including delicious tapas and a giant paella. 

Sarah Chambers, founder of Espíritu Flamenco, said: “People don’t realise but there’s an amazing flamenco following in Manchester.

There’s a diverse flamenco community in the city, from those just starting out to the more accomplished dancers. Our festival at Kampus will be a vibrant, joyous celebration of what is a real art form which is enjoyed by people of many nationalities and cultural backgrounds – with loads of dancers taking to the stage and live music.

“We want people to come down, get involved, and soak up the Spanish vibes in what, we think, is the best al fresco spot in the city.”

Joe Botham from Levanter Fine Food added: “Kampus just lends itself so well to that outdoor, summer celebration. We’ve had a proper summer to remember, serving up dish after dish of Spanish goodness.

“The Flamenco Fiesta will take the Spanish vibes up a notch and be a real celebration of the music, moves and atmosphere that I fell in love with on trips around Spanish villages and towns.”

Flamenco Fever will take place at Kampus on Saturday August 13th from 2pm – 6:30pm, and will be completely FREE to enter. 

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ShinDigger & Adelphi Lad’s Club are throwing a FREE month-long festival to celebrate reopening

The ultimate welcome back for the Adelphi Lads Club!

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The newly-renovated Adelphi Lads Club and ShinDigger has unveiled its August schedule with a series of FREE beer parties across the month.

The historic venue, located on Cannon Street in Salford, reopened back in June after standing derelict and neglected for over a decade.

So to mark its first summer back appropriately, Adelphi Lads Club has teamed up with local brewery ShinDigger to host the epic Shingri-La Festival.

The festival will see the venue be transformed into a free beer party every weekend in August, where it will play home to a range of local food vendors and DJs.

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The residency kicks off this weekend on Saturday August 6th with an event curated by Salford DJ Jenna G. Throughout the day, local artists including Aletha, Lena C, and Mystique will take to the stage for a day-long party in the venue’s newly renovated terrace.

The following week on Saturday August 13th, Steam Radio will take to the decks alongside Nabihah Iqbal and Salary Boy.

The line-up continues the week after on Saturday August 20th with iconic performers such as Mafalda, Alexander Nut and Leon Riley, with even more names set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Dr. Banana will then host a legendary set to conclude the festival on Sunday August 28th.

And on the drinks front, ShinDigger will be on hand with a wide selection of its IPAs and lagers, as well as its beloved summer range.

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ShinDigger was founded in 2013 by students Paul and George, who started selling their home-brew at house parties.

The business, launched with a small £10k government grant for young entrepreneurs, has gone from strength to strength throughout the last nine years, and has released over forty different beers, all of which have proven to be a huge hit among Mancunians.

And to soak up the booze will be a selection of freshly baked pizzas from local pizzeria Talk to Me Pizza. Wing Tings will also be serving up their signature style chicken wings and chicken tender sandwiches, the perfect pairing with ShinDigger’s IPA.

The Shingri-La Festival events are completely free to attend, though bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Book here.

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